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10 Reasons To Fly In The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks (OBX) is a 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia, on the eastern coast of the United States. It's a great place to vacation, but an even better place to fly. Here's why:

1) First Flight Airport

That's right - a 5 minute flight from Dare County Airport (MQI) will take you to the spot where the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903. Imagine landing just steps from the Wright Brothers Monument...

2) Shipwrecks

Over 600 ships have wrecked on what many people call "The Graveyard of the Atlantic," the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Quite a few are visible from the air, washed up on the beach, or resting in shallow water.

Twiddy & Co Outer Banks Blog

3) Amazing Visibility

It isn't unusual to have 60 to 70 mile visibility in the OBX, often due to sea breezes and great weather.

Artur Staszewski

4) Fly In A Biplane

If you've never been in a biplane, this is the perfect place to try. Check out OBX Biplanes to fly out of Dare County around the islands.

Armchair Aviator

5) Ready For A Flight Lesson?

Jenny Hawk is the founder of OBX Airplanes. I've personally flown twice with Jenny, both in her Cessna 150 and Bellanca Citabria. Here's how it went.

Swayne Martin

6) Beach Community Airports

Many airports in the OBX are located right on the beach, allowing fast access to some awesome communities. Try flying to the Ocracoke airport below:

7) Flying Down The OBX

Following the narrow chain of islands is easy, and it's amazing to see the OBX as a narrow strip of land extending for hundreds of miles in front of you.

8) Dare County Airport

Dare Country Airport (KMQI) is one of the busiest uncontrolled airports I've visited. It's not uncommon to have 4 planes in the pattern, a helicopter landing, skydivers jumping over the field, and a jet on final, not to mention tow planes catching banners right in the middle of it all.

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9) Kill Devil Hills

The sand dunes at Kill Devil Hills (near Kitty Hawk) are great for hang gliding. And, there are plenty of schools that offer lessons for first-timers. You'll get a taste of flying where the Wright Brothers first flew in 1903.


10) Do Some Aerobatics

OBX Airplanes offers aerobatic flights and tailwheel instruction in a Bellanca Citabria. Flying straight and level over the beach isn't nearly as fun as being upside down!

Are you looking for the next vacation spot that your family will love, but still want to do some awesome flying? The Outer Banks might just be the place for you.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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